The DAISY Award and The BEE Award

The DAISY Award

The DAISY Foundation™The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established by his family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died in late 1999 at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. The Award is part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

The BEE Award

The BEE AwardLittleton Regional Healthcare has launched another recognition opportunity – The BEE Award. BEE stands for Being Extraordinary Every day. While The DAISY Award is reserved for Registered Nurses specifically, The BEE Award is open to any care team member. It is symbolic in the fact that bees are fundamentally crucial to a daisy’s ability to thrive. Both The DAISY and BEE Awards are presented quarterly, and each honoree is selected from nominations received by patients, community members, and colleagues.

“We always promote our staff as our greatest asset because it’s true,” noted Koren Superchi, RN, MSN, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at LRH. “They are the driving force that supports our ability to provide the high-quality care this region depends on. ” We quickly seize any opportunity that allows us to recognize their important work and highlight how valued they are,” she added.

DAISY & BEE Award Honorees

LRH's DAISY Award Honoree, Tricia Koxarakis, RN!

Join us in recognizing our most recent recipient of The DAISY Award – Tricia Koxarakis, RN!

Tricia was nominated for the care she provided to a family when they welcomed their first child back in October. In the nomination, the new parents noted that while all of our nursing staff in OB were wonderful, they were especially thankful to have Tricia as part of their care team. They explained how Tricia anticipated their needs and provided resources they weren’t even aware were available during labor, delivery, postpartum care. They thanked Tricia for her calm, compassionate approach and how helpful she was, and how much of a positive impact she had on their birthing experience.

This lasting impression is a testament to Tricia’s commitment to her patients and is certainly just one of many examples. We thank her for all that she does for LRH and those we serve!

Past DAISY Honorees:

Faith Santo, RN
Emily DuPont, RN, MSN, CDCES
Sheryl Loveland, RN
Sharon Larson, RN

LRH's BEE Award Honoree, Hilary Bradshaw, OT!

Please join us in celebrating LRH’s most recent BEE Award Honoree, Hilary Bradshaw, OT!

The BEE Award for Exceptional Caregivers was established in April of 2023 to complement our DAISY Award. Standing for Being Extraordinary Every day, any care team member can be nominated for and receive The BEE Award. Both the DAISY and BEE Awards are presented quarterly and nominations are accepted from patients, community members, and LRH personnel.

In the nomination, a patient shared how integral Hilary was in his care during a prolonged inpatient stay following a life-changing diagnosis. He considered Hilary to be instrumental in his recovery and rehabilitation, sharing how she went above and beyond while supporting his extensive therapy regimen. He even explained how Hilary worked with his family to conduct a comprehensive home assessment to ensure the setting met ADA requirements and was suitable for the patient to safely return home to.

Hilary has spent all 20+ years of her career as an Occupational Therapist here at LRH and demonstrates time and time again her commitment to providing exceptional and compassionate care. We are “buzzing” with excitement to present her with this honor!

Thank you for providing extraordinary care! 🐝

Past BEE Honorees:

Eric Santos, PT, DPT, OCS
Nicholas Marks, MD, FACOG

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